Saturday, July 10, 2010
Definitions for snuff
- To extinguish or suppress.
- To cut off or remove the snuff of (candles, tapers, etc.).
- The charred or partly consumed portion of a candlewick.
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Citations for snuff
Derek Jeter bashed Duensing's sixth pitch into the bullpen, then almost single-handedly made the run hold up with a spectacular play to snuff a second-and-third Twins threat, and the Yankees won for the 10th time in their last 11 games against the Twins.
They augur misgovernment at a distance; and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze.
Origin of snuff
The verb form of snuff has acquired layers of meaning through time: "to cut or pinch off the burned part of a candle wick," is an adaptation from the noun snoffe, the "burned part of a candle wick." The sense "to die" stems from the 1800s, and "to kill" appears in the 1930s, as in a snuff-film.